2009 world rankings posted, revealing potential USA record
Martin Gasselsberger of Austria has posted his 2009 masters rankings — combining world indoor and outdoor season lists — at his ever-amazing site, mastersathletics.net. While skimming the lists, I noticed at least one potential American age-group record. It’s the W35 5000-meter run. The listed American record is 15:15.2 by Francie Larrieu back in 1988. But Martin lists a 15:07.78 by Jen Rhines at Stockholm on July 31, 2009. Also, Martin shows an incredible 31:40.97 for the W40 10K by Russia’s Alla Zhilyayeva on July 23, 2009 — smashing the listed WMA world record of 32:12.07 by France’s Nicole Leveque in 1994. Martin’s list has omissions, however, including several M95 and M100 marks. And Duane Gosa’s 49.92 isn’t mentioned in the M40 400 list. (And marks made at the Sydney World Masters Games are absent.) All are fixable. Meantime, check your event and note any errors.